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I understand NR are offering 2 for 1 on london attractions if you travel by train. Thing is, I'd prefer to travel by car than train, but still want the 241. Whats the cheapest ticket I could buy so th… Read More
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8y, 2d agoPosted 8 years, 2 days ago
I understand NR are offering 2 for 1 on london attractions if you travel by train. Thing is, I'd prefer to travel by car than train, but still want the 241. Whats the cheapest ticket I could buy so that I qualify, its for me and the GF leaving Stoke Friday 1st May, and in London till Sunday Morning.
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8y, 2d agoPosted 8 years, 2 days ago
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#1
You can use any ticket that includes at least an element of being valid on National Rail services so a London Travelcard as long as it is on paper and not stored electronically on an Oystercard is ok.

You need to bear in mind that a Travelcard is only valid for one day so you need to buy one for the day or days that you intend to visit any of the attractions. One benefit is that you will probably need one anyway. A Zone 1&2 for one day (offpeak) is £5.60 each so if you plan to use the 2 for 1 on the Friday and Saturday that would be a total of £22.40.

If, for some reason, you don't need a Travelcard then it is also possible to purchase inexpensive single tickets. If, as above, you were visiting the attractions on the Friday and Saturday only then you could purchase 2 singles from Battersea Park to London Victoria for the 1st May and 2 more singles for the 2nd May for a total of £9.60.

Don't forget to print off the vouchers from here (you only need one voucher for two people)

http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/madame-tussauds
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/zsl-london-zoo
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/london-aquarium
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/london-dungeon
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/tower-of-london
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/city-cruises
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/science-museum
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/tower-bridge-exhibition
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/hms-belfast
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/maxwells-covent-garden

There's more here http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/attraction-types/2for1london-list.aspx

and there's a useful FAQ here

http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/faq.aspx#1
#2
andythebrave
You can use any ticket that includes at least an element of being valid on National Rail services so a London Travelcard as long as it is on paper and not stored electronically on an Oystercard is ok.

You need to bear in mind that a Travelcard is only valid for one day so you need to buy one for the day or days that you intend to visit any of the attractions. One benefit is that you will probably need one anyway. A Zone 1&2 for one day (offpeak) is £5.60 each so if you plan to use the 2 for 1 on the Friday and Saturday that would be a total of £22.40.

If, for some reason, you don't need a Travelcard then it is also possible to purchase inexpensive single tickets. If, as above, you were visiting the attractions on the Friday and Saturday only then you could purchase 2 singles from Battersea Park to London Victoria for the 1st May and 2 more singles for the 2nd May for a total of £9.60.

Don't forget to print off the vouchers from here (you only need one voucher for two people)

http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/madame-tussauds
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/zsl-london-zoo
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/london-aquarium
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/london-dungeon
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/tower-of-london
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/city-cruises
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/science-museum
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/tower-bridge-exhibition
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/hms-belfast
http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/maxwells-covent-garden

There's more here http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/attraction-types/2for1london-list.aspx

and there's a useful FAQ here

http://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/faq.aspx#1


wow, thanks!
repped
#3
What a fantastic reply! Thanks a lot, Ill be visiting on the Saturday only, any ideas for a good hotel?
#4
Assuming arriving via the M1 you'd be looking at something in north London.

The West Lodge Park at Hadley Wood is excellent and is available for £85 for the night of the 1st May through booking.com or laterooms.com

Nearest rail station is Hadley Wood (service to Kings Cross on the Saturday) and nearest tube station is Cockfosters (Piccadilly line direct to Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Knightsbridge etc). Both are walkable at 10-15 mins and 20 mins respectively.

A Travelcard from either station will cost £7.50 each for the day.

The beauty of this location is that from the North it's M1, M25 for a few minutes and then a couple of minutes on the A111 from Junction 24 - no town to drive through.

If you have any idea of which attractions you'd like to see I could recommend an itinerary if you like.
#5
London eye, Madame Tussauds Sealife, Zorbing. All in one day hopefully! As well as somewhere nice to eat. would you recommend driving in or using the tube?

Whats parking like in london on saturdays. Ive seen a de vere hotel in daventry for £19 for friday night. Probably go with that and then get an early start saturday morning. Looking for a hotel for saturday night in the ,london area preferably, ive seen various travelodge and ibis hotels around £35, anything better for the same price?
#6
It might be a much to try for all that in one day as Zorbing is near Croydon and is a fair hike whichever way you get there. Still, if you don't have to queue for anything:
Start at Madame Tussaud's 0900, nearest tube is Baker Street, allow at least an hour.
Take the Jubilee line from Baker Street to Westminster, walk over Westminster Bridge to the Sealife aquarium, say 1100-1200, then walk to the London Eye and finish by 1330. Walk back over the bridge and take the District or Circle line to Victoria and catch the 1413 train to Whyteleafe South which arrives at 1500. It's 10 minutes walk from there to Zorbing. I don't know how long it will take once you're there but I suppose a couple of hours should cover it. Then the 1729 train back from Whyteleafe South to Victoria arriving at 1816.
You'd have to be flexible though as a delay anywhere may mean having to miss something out. It would be prudent to print off a couple of extra vouchers for centrally located reserve attractions just in case.
I wouldn't recommend driving everywhere as parking is a pain and traffic is unpredictable even at weekends. Perhaps you could park up nearish to a local station and go back there on Sunday morning. For instance, most areas about 5-7 miles from their corresponding central London terminal stations have at least some residential street parking available within 10 minutes walk. A zone 1-6 Travelcard will cover all your travel on the Saturday for £7.50 each. Check which areas are within the Travelcard zone here http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/tube-dlr-trams-and-train-travelcard-zones-map.pdf
For a hotel, it would really be best for something sort of central-ish but it's going to cost. Most are well over £100 for the 2nd May but there is the Princes Square which is a row of townhouses converted into studio apartments in Bayswater. That's £97 through laterooms.com and is within easy walking distance of Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. The walk through them is very pleasant on a Sunday morning especially with the artists that normally ply their wares outside and the interesting vocalists at Speakers' Corner. At the far end of Hyde Park is Oxford Street for a spot of window (or real) shopping.
#7
BTW none of the Travelodge or Ibis hotels in the lower price bracket are anywhere near the centre of town and I'd think that staying the Saturday night out in the less attractive suburbs would probably not be a good end to your stay; best to stretch a little and stay centrally I feel. The most central available Travelodge is in Battersea (not really central) and is £79 and there are no centrally located Ibis' available at all.
#8
Sorry about this, really appreciate all the help your giving me. Im going to book one of the following hotels for friday night, one has postcode EN7 5HW and one UB9 5DU, which one is best for tube links etc?
#9
The EN7 is probably better though neither is ideal. Nearest station is Theobalds Grove but parking will be quite difficult there. The train from there goes to Liverpool Street, then the Metropolitan, Circle or Hammersmith and City line to Baker Street. Alternatively, within about 10 minutes with easier parking is Crews Hill, train to Kings Cross, same tube lines to Baker Street but a shorter journey, trains every 30 minutes at 24 and 54 minutes past each hour journey time 31 minutes. Return trains from Kings Cross at 26 and 56 minutes past each hour until 2326 with the last one at 0026, journey time 28 minutes. Crews Hill is in zone 6 so you will still be able to use a Travelcard at £7.50 each for the day. Crews Hill is an unstaffed station so you will need to purchase your ticket from the self service ticket machine - 2 zone 1-6 day Travelcards. If you do make it to Zorbing then you will return to Victoria, take the Victoria line to either Kings Cross or Finsbury Park for the connection to Crews Hill.
#10
wow! thanks for that
#11
Have decided to go with the following.

Booked the hotel in EN7 5HW. Planning to leave hotel about 11-12 (LAZZZZY!)
Drive car to somewhere suitable (and free!) and leave parked there until evening.
Buy travelcards and head to Aquarium/Science museum
Then Madame tussaauds around 5 because its a bit cheaper (will that be the case still with the 241?)
London eye around 8pm
Eat out at New Tayaabs restaurant whitechapel (theres a mosque next door, which I assume will have free parking?)
Drive to hotel (yet to be booked, but not going to be in central london, probably hemel hempstead) and get some kip

How long would it take to get the car and drive into whitechapel before going to the restaurant?
does this seem like it could go to plan?
#12
If you drive to Crews Hill and are starting the London Eye at 8pm then you're not going to make it to Whitechapel if you go to get the car first. To be honest, you're in London with Travelcards so my advice would be to forget picking up the car, walk back over Westminster Bridge from the Eye to Westminster tube station and take the District line straight to Whitechapel, it takes about 15 minutes, then the Hammersmith and City from there to Kings Cross after your meal, just make sure that you make the last train from Kings Cross, Whitechapel to Kings Cross is about 13 minutes. Then the drive from Crews Hill to Hemel Hempstead should be only about 30 minutes at most at that time.
#13
will i get in at madame tussauds at the reduced rate (after 5) with the 2 4 1 offer aswell?

Additional Terms and Conditions for Madame Tussauds

This voucher is not valid when making advance credit card bookings or on purchase of timed tickets, Queue Buster or Family Tickets.

For technical or other reasons some figures may be removed, or parts or all of the exhibition closed.
This voucher will only entitle an individual to free entry when they are
accompanied by a person, who is 16 years or over and who pays the applicable full rate.
#14
Sorry, but 2 for 1 only works on full price tickets - this is from Madame Tussaud's site
How do 2 for 1 promotional tickets work?
Ticket promotions that give you a free ticket with the purchase of an adult ticket are always based on the full price adult ticket These promotions are only valid with tickets purchased on the day and not tickets booked in advance. Please check the promotion's terms and conditions carefully prior to your visit and ensure you bring a valid voucher on the day of your visit.

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